Ancient civilizations did not have to worry about GMOs, pesticides and modern day illnesses. They did, however, suffer from the same immune-suppressing ailments that modern-day man suffers today. But without the use of pharmaceutical drugs at their disposal, they relied on the wisdom of generations past to support their health and wellbeing. Much of that healing wisdom has been buried under modern day medicine. Still, there are some powerful ancient remedies that have stood the test of time, which continue to heal today.
When it came to immune-boosting remedies, ancient people looked to their gardens for healing foods and herbs. You can do the same. Here are five ancient remedies used to strengthen the bodies.
Garlic Tea. Garlic may be a flavorful seasoning, but it dates back thousands of years as a traditional medicine to strengthen the immune system. In fact, according to Sophia Norbert in “Garlic Herbal Remedies – The Best Garlic Natural Cures for Health and Beauty” there are several records noting the medicinal use of garlic in ancient Chinese literature to strengthen their labor force.
Echinacea Tea. Echinacea is one of the most popular traditional herbs in North America. Native Americans have used echinacea for hundreds of years. But evidence suggests that echinacea was also used by ancient cultures to treat infections and boost immunity.
Aloe vera. Aloe vera is one of the oldest medicinal plants on record. According to history, ancient Chinese and Egyptians once used aloe vera to treat burns, wounds and reduce fever. Legend has it that Alexander the Great conquered the island of Socotra, off the coast of Africa, to secure supplies of aloe vera for his wounded soldiers. It’s also said that Cleopatra even used aloe vera in her daily skin regime.
Mint Tea. Mint is an ancient culinary delight used to promote digestive health. In ancient times, this backyard herb was used medicinally to treat stomach aches, chest pains, and halitosis. It’s also a great breath freshener, palate cleanser and helps promote digestion. Research suggests that mint may also soothe nausea and even motion sickness. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, mint is very effective in clearing up congestion and loosening phlegm.
Chamomile. Chamomile is probably one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind. The Egyptians dedicated the chamomile to the sun, and worshiped it above all other herbs for its healing properties, according to the Herbal Encyclopedia. In fact, hieroglyphics show that chamomile was used cosmetically for at least 2,000 years. Apparently, Egyptian royalty used preparations of crushed petals on their skin. Greek physicians also prescribed chamomile for fevers and female disorders.
Ancient remedies work. They don’t use harsh chemicals, they’re inexpensive and usually do not produce any side effects. Unfortunately, you can’t say the same for pharmaceuticals.